3rd to 6th of October are the dates of the 32nd edition of the SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE (LIVESTOCK SUMMIT) to be held in Clermont-Ferrand, France. A recognised international business forum, the SOMMET is not only THE event for the livestock industry, but it’s also THE place to be for politicians, institutions, farmer organisations and unions, influencers and many others who flock to the show every year.
2,000 heads of livestock, 1,500 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors are expected at this year’s event, which already includes a stellar programme with, among others, 2 cattle breeds, the Limousin and the Brown Swiss organising their national championships and the mixed Montbeliard breed that is hosting its inter-regional competition.
2023 will see the largest number of dairy cattle in the history of the SOMMET with 532 milk cows at the show, that’s 100 more
than in 2022.
In addition, the SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE will be hosting over a hundred conferences covering all the key agricultural issues.
Not forgetting of course, the renowned “Sommets d’Or” innovation competition, Georgia being the country guest of honour and
the central theme at this year’s SOMMET of sustainability in livestock production.
There’s a great show in the making.
Sustainability in livestock production is the theme of this year’s show and it’s the new strapline at the SOMMET
For over a year now, the SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE has given itself the goal of becoming the world’s #1 sustainable livestock show.
“At a time when everyone is talking about sustainability, everybody is still trying to define the concept”, as explains the SOMMET’s General Manager, Fabrice Berthon.
“It was important for us to make it our hobbyhorse because our event began and has developed in the heart of our Massif Central region, an unspoilt area, 70% of which is natural pasture. And it is in this ecosystem that a sustainable livestock model based on pastoralism has been naturally developed by farmers over the years. This is what our event is all about, making the sustainable dimension our major ambition for the future and the agriculture of tomorrow by promoting all the prospects in the conservation of the Ecosystem and Man within this environment,” adds Fabrice Berthon.
The SOMMET DE L’ELEVAGE positions itself on 3 essential pillars:
• Economic efficiency: a farm can only be sustainable if it is economically viable
• Utility within a social context: livestock farming is the basis of an entire sector that brings together a multitude of people and trades
• Environmental legitimacy
This stance is all the more relevant as the UN has decreed 2026 as the year of pastoralism and grazing. This theme will be widely addressed at this year’s show. The SOMMET will welcome professional organisations, including Auvergne Pastoralism, who will host a specific conference on the subject.
For more information, visit https://www.sommet-elevage.fr/